Plans were announced today (Thursday, February 28) in Singapore for a larger campus of the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business to replace its existing campus there.
The school has outgrown the existing facility where classes are taught in an executive MBA program, according to Edward Snyder, dean.
“We have increased the class size and expanded the services we offer to our students in Singapore to include career services and alumni affairs,” Snyder said. “We need more space for students and alumni.”
Completion is expected in the summer of 2009.
The larger campus, consisting of three buildings, will also allow Chicago GSB to offer non-degree executive education programs including programs by its Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship.
The larger facility will provide an opportunity for other parts of the University of Chicago to offer programs in Singapore, Snyder said.
The new campus will be located in Tanglin Village, a park-like setting north of Singapore’s central business district, and will more than double the 22,000 square feet of the existing campus. The school’s current campus, known as the House of Tan Yeok Nee, is two miles from the new site. The new campus will include two tiered classrooms featuring state-of-the-art technology, 18 group study rooms, a student lounge and 29 offices and meeting rooms. The space will also feature individual study areas and space for expanded career services and alumni affairs programs.
“Our new location in Tanglin Village will create and sustain a platform that advances the standard for management education throughout the world,” said Snyder, who also is the George Pratt Shulz Professor of Economics.
Chicago GSB also has a campus in London in addition to two campuses in Chicago.
Chicago GSB opened its campus in Singapore in 2000 in response to demand in Asia for its executive MBA program. The program features the same faculty who teach in Chicago.
Students enrolled in the executive MBA program attend classes on a part-time basis while continuing to work full-time. The most recent entering class included 92 students representing 27 nationalities. More than half of the students commute to Singapore from other countries in Asia, Europe and North America.
Chicago GSB was the first school in the world to offer an executive MBA degree in 1943 and is considered one of the leading international business schools. The school’s faculty includes many renowned scholars and its graduates include many business leaders across the U.S. and worldwide. It is consistently ranked as one of the top business schools in the world. The Chicago Approach to Management Education is distinguished by how it leverages fundamental knowledge, its rigor, and its practical application to business challenges.
In addition to an executive MBA program, Chicago GSB offers a full-time MBA program, an evening MBA program, a weekend MBA program, a PhD program, open enrollment executive education and custom corporate education.